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Southern REACH: Pushing the Nation Forward

Working on the Southern REACH portfolio the last five years has been inspiring. Over time I have seen the cohort become smaller but stronger! It’s been encouraging to see organizations in the South come together to build networks, move policy forward, and mobilize and engage to make real policy change. This level of mobilization and engagement has yielded real policy change and improved the lives of people living with HIV. For example, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition has worked tirelessly to legalize syringe exchanges in their state, and after years of hard work, their advocacy paid off big time when Governor McCrory signed a bill that legalized syringe exchange, on July 11th, 2016. In fact, North Carolina lawmakers made history by becoming the first veto-proof Republican super majority to legalize syringe exchange programs. This victory matters, it will change lives, and it is exactly what Southern REACH grantees do every day.

Posted By: Liam Cabal, Senior Program Manager, AIDS United - Wednesday, August 03, 2016


Science Alone Can't Create a Just World

I often talk about what it was like testing HIV-positive in 1992, when the only treatment available was AZT. Today, I consider the bounty of treatments available and the many more in development. I think of what science has done for me, this field, and for so many others like me. Yet science alone can’t create a just world. In its purest form, science can be cold, calculated, and simply focused on what can be proven true or false. Science has delivered both cures and bombs, has been used for both good and bad. While science has the potential to fix much of what ails us — it won’t work for the advancement of us all without being firmly steeped in and led by our values.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, June 28, 2016


We're Not Going to Sit Out on The Future of North Carolina

This fall, North Carolina voters will once again cast their vote for a number of critical races that could impact the future of HIV treatment and prevention efforts in our state and across the South. The NC AIDS Action Network and Duke HIV/AIDS Policy Clinic work with both Democratic and Republican administrations to strengthen our AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and represent the interests of those living with HIV in our state. Just this year we were able to work with Republican legislators to successfully include language in both the state House and Senate budgets to expand access to health insurance for ADAP clients in our state. By working across the aisle and educating legislators about the public health and fiscal benefits of our work, we can achieve real benefits for those living with HIV in North Carolina.

Posted By: Lee Storrow, Executive Director of North Carolina AIDS Action Network, and Carolyn McAllaster, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Duke University’s HIV/AIDS Policy Clinic and Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) - Sunday, June 19, 2016


New Data on HIV Among MSM: Better Knowledge. Better Response?

A new analysis of data released earlier this week by CDC officials and researchers from Emory University provided an improved estimate of the prevalence of HIV in 2012 among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S. The analysis is in a report published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. The report features prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection in 2012 and rates of new HIV diagnoses in 2013 among MSM in U.S. states, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and counties. The report is further evidence of the huge burden of HIV among MSM. The national estimated HIV prevalence among MSM in 2012 was 15%. The national estimate of diagnosed HIV infection among MSM in 2012 was 11%. The data demonstrate the stark and disproportionate impact of HIV on MSM in the South.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, May 20, 2016


Southern REACH Returns From Atlanta

Last month, AIDS United hosted the 2016 Southern REACH convening in Atlanta, GA! Grantees, speakers, and guests gathered to engage in meaningful discussions and share the amazing work happening around HIV in the South. The week was filled with difficult conversations, a true collaborative spirit, learning opportunities, amazing sessions, and great food!

Posted By: Adele Appiah, Program Associate, AIDS United - Monday, April 25, 2016


The Veil of HB2: Spotlighting Transgender Issues to Cover Multi-Issue Legislative Attacks

Last month, North Carolina enacted HB2, a law that targets transgender people while also broadly attacking workers and local democracy. The full implications of HB2 have not been recognized in much of the media coverage, both in terms of the specific harms to trans workers of color, particularly trans women of color, as well as the broader effect of the law on all workers in North Carolina. By recognizing the full scope of the law while also centering our strategies as advocates for the communities most impacted, we’ll be in a stronger position to fight similar bills when introduced around the country.

Posted By: Preston Van Vliet, National Campaign Organizer of the LGBTQ Work-Family Project - Friday, April 22, 2016


CDC Estimate of Lifetime Risk of HIV Shows More Action Needed

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report at the Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2016 assessing lifetime risk of being diagnosed with HIV in the United States. The researchers found that the overall lifetime risk of being diagnosed with HIV fell from 1 in 78 during 2004-2005 to 1 in 99 during 2009-2013. While this study indicates that the overall trend is positive for the general population in decreasing new HIV diagnosis, major disparities persist for racial, sexual preference, and geographic subgroups.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Wednesday, March 16, 2016


World AIDS Day 2015: Making the Promise a Reality

This World AIDS Day, help us make the promise a reality. Please consider a tax-deductible year-end gift or monthly pledge to AIDS United. By investing in our work, we can continue to advance our mission of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Resilience and Hope in the Decade after Katrina

What is “home”? Asking this question, we often get responses in platitudes such as “home is where the heart is.” People on the Gulf Coast however, cannot think of home without equating it with Hurricane Katrina because it’s exactly what the storm took from them. It has been a decade since the storm but even now, too many people remain displaced. While much of the New Orleans metro area has been rebuilt, an estimated 100,000 or more New Orleanians have not been able to return home. Some haven’t had the means to come home, while others have returned to an unrecognizable place where home once was.

Posted By: AIDS United AmeriCorps Team NOLA - Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Join AIDS United at the United States Conference on AIDS

Later this week, September 10 - 13, the 19th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will take place here in Washington, DC. The conference is the largest HIV/AIDS- related conference in the United States and will bring together activists, providers, case managers, and more.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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